BBB warns about potential scammers using 2010 Census - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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BBB warns about potential scammers using 2010 Census

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By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Better Business Bureau is warning people about an increase risk of scammers trying to take advantage of the 2010 Census. The BBB wants folks to know there will be legitimate census takers in the area. So, they're making sure people have the facts about what they'll be asking and what they won't.

The 2010 Census will be easy for most, answer a few questions, then mail off a form. There are those who try to corrupt the count though, pretending to be a census taker to steal your information. "I think there's going to be more scams perpetrated in the name of the census this time, because the Internet, world wide access, and so forth," Nan Campbell President and CEO of the BBB of the South Plains said. 

Campbell says there's even an email circulating claiming to be from the BBB, giving inaccurate information about the census. "It's always a little unnerving for the BBB to hear that our name is being used," Campbell said. 

Here's what you need to know. In March , the Census Bureau will mail forms to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico. From April to July, the bureau will visit every household that doesn't mail a completed form back.

The census taker is sworn to protect your information under Federal Law, Title 13. You can identify a census taker by an ID badge that contains a Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date. The worker may also be carrying a bag with a Census Bureau logo. They will provide supervisor contact information if asked.

A census taker will not ask for your Social Security Number, bank account number or credit card number. They will never solicit donations or contact you by email.

Campbell says it's important to know the facts, but it's also important to take part, because the census itself is needed. "There's so many federal programs that depend on this information. The only way it can be accurate is for us to participate and for those that are gathering it to get it correct," Campbell said. 

(Click Here) to learn more about the 2010 Census. 

(Click Here) to learn more about how to identify census takers from the BBB.

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